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At the start, the Irish who survived the Famine found poverty and disease in America, religious bigotry and a political movement that meant to run them out of the country. But the Irish stuck together; they built their own churches and their own communities. And by the last quarter of the 19th century, as the Irish spread out across the country, Irish-American heroes had begun to emerge. Prospector John Mackay discovered the Big Bonanza, a strike of silver and gold, that made him one of the richest men in the world, overnight. Marcus Daly opened his fabulously successful Anaconda Copper Mine to Irish immigrant workers. And John L. Sullivan, a street kid from Boston with a talent for bare knuckle fighting and two-fisted drinking made himself a legend when he faced challenger Jake Kilrain in an amazing 75-round bout!
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